Through some unholy combination of machines, Viagra and plain old Cape-Fear-refuse-to-just-die-ness, Generation Hate has managed for the last ten years to stay in the drivers’ seat of American politics. Now, though, with the totality of their political priapism fading past the magical four-hour mark, the majority of people for whom Joe McCarthy defined “American” are struggling to cling to our collective undercarriages.
Future President Hillary Rodham Clinton, admittedly a bit behind Barack Obama, knows this. She recently addressed thousands of Millennial Generation students at Arizona State on a subject that has proven rather pressing in recent years: Jobs. The talk was part of the ongoing Clinton Global Initiative University conference, hosted at Arizona.
Since Obama’s first and second elections, Millennials have proven themselves a growing political power to be reckoned with — by the energy of youth and numbers that are growing by the day (instead of shrinking), Millennials have sought to undo the damage wrought by decades of wrong-headed economic thinking and systems adapted to serve the needs of the few. And historically, the needs of the few have been best served by keeping the masses hungry and ignorant; Clinton addressed the latter of the two.
“Education still remains the key to unlocking opportunity for individuals, for families, communities, and even countries. It remains the route out of poverty and into a better life with a rising income.”
She further went on to say that a lack of education is the root of poverty.
This has proven true time and again, and it’s no less than Bill Clinton himself said even before he was president. Back when he was the Governor of Arkansas, Bill made education reform a top priority — under his leadership, Arkansas saw massive improvements in both education and income levels, and a near renaissance of local economy. So, this position isn’t without precedent in the Clinton camp…or support by known data.
In 2006, the federal government did a survey that confirmed a direct and ongoing correspondence between education and income. It found that 25-year-old persons and older with
- less than a high school diploma averaged $409 a week
- a high school diploma average $583
- some college, but no degree averaged $653
- an AA averaged $699
- a BS averaged $937
- a Masters averaged $1,129
- a professional degree averaged $1,370
- and a doctorate averaged $1,421
Now, that’s pretty dangerous data if you’re a party whose sole economic platform rests on the notion that being stupid is OK, as long as you pull yourself up by your bootstraps and wait for wealth to trickle down from international conglomerates.
But, wait…nobody would accuse the right, or the Tea Party specifically, of such glorification of ignorance. Ask Sarah Palin. They’re CONSTITUTIONALISTS! They follow strictly the will, whim and thoughts of the greatest thinkers of all time. And what, exactly WERE those great thinkers’ perspectives on education? We’ll leave you with this, from Rassmussen:
(The ONLY sure reliance? Uh-oh…somebody call the NRA…)